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Meredith Holt, Published July 25 2012

Thursday review: 'Sticky Buddy' reusable lint roller a miss

FARGO – He may be obnoxious, but I don’t hate pitchman Anthony “Sully” Sullivan.

I actually enjoy watching the TeleBrands salesman hawk “As Seen On TV” products.

Maybe it’s the accent.

The products he pushes, however, are hit-and-miss.

The bright-blue-and-yellow “Sticky Buddy” reusable sticky roller is a miss.

With two white-and-gray cats and blond hair myself, I go through a lot of lint rollers.

If I’m wearing black dress pants, I start my workday with a thorough de-fuzzing.

So I picked up the “No. 1 sticky roller in the U.S.” for $9.99 at Walgreens in Moorhead to give it a try.

(If you order it online, you pay $6.99 for shipping and handling.)

The test? My dark-green microsuede loveseat, which my feline friends have claimed as their personal lounger.

The New Jersey-based company claims the plastic tool, along with its travel-sized counterpart, is “Great For Pet Hair!”

Perfect.

I didn’t make it through the first couch cushion before the roller lost its pick-up ability.

The Sticky Buddy’s main selling points are its rubber fingers and the fact it can be washed and reused, “For The Rest Of Your Life!”

The instructions read: “To clean the Sticky Buddy, simply rinse under the faucet using lukewarm water. Some light rubbing may be necessary as you rinse. Shake dry the Sticky Buddy or use a lint-free towel.”

The rubber fingers left marks, and the roller’s kind of gross to clean.

Ready to finish the job, I resumed rolling the cushions. The first few strokes were effective, but then the thing just pushed the cat hair around.

I gave up and returned my attention to “Modern Family.”

Sully, you let me down.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590